2016 Spotlight: Chasing Embers James Bennett

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Publication Date: Available Now from Orbit

Source: Netgalley

Behind every myth, there’s a spark of truth…

There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beat-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows in a downtown bar. Or so he’d have you believe.

What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he was once known as Red Ben. That the world of myth and legend isn’t just a fantasy, as we’ve been led to believe. And he certainly can’t let you know the secret of what’s hiding just beneath his skin…

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. A centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.

Urban fantasy (yay) and dragons (yay) this book seemed like the perfect fit for me when I’m in the mood for this sort of thing and with more yay I was right. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, kick ass start to kick ass finish.

I do love a book that has intensely exciting action scenes, divisive characters and a kind of enigmatic flow to it which Chasing Embers has in spades. I like the history as mythology angle, Ben as a character (and a dragon no less) is so beautifully flawed in a kind of useless hilarious way (but somehow muddles through) that I got totally tangled up in his world and the descriptive sense of it is wonderful. I banged through it in record time.

The world building is carefully clever – the author manages the (rather huge) amount of backstory well and even though there is an info dump feel to some of the narrative ultimately it all fits together and creates a real sense and  feeling for the world that our characters inhabit. I love how James Bennett writes in a style entirely his own and with a good eye towards the building up (and knocking down) of the “people” we meet within the pages. There is both adventure and romance, action and contemplation – all the required elements for really excellent urban fantasy are there in the mix and handled in unique style. Call me a convert…

Chasing Embers is fiery, full on, imaginative fun. I’m ready for book 2 now if we could hurry that along please.

Recommended.

 

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One Sitting Reads: The Book of Mirrors by E.O Chirovici.

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Publication Date: 12th January 2017 from Randomhouse UK, Century.

Source: Netgalley

Ones to Watch in 2017 – Caraval Stephanie Garber.

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Publication Date: January 2017 from Hodder and Staughton

Source: Review Copy

Two sisters bound by love and a father they fear escape their tiny, secluded island for the wondrous performance of Caraval, where the audience plays along in a mysterious and magical game of determining what’s real and what’s fantasy. And where only one sister might be brave enough to win the ultimate prize of ‘an impossible wish’...

As a huge fan of Young Adult Fantasy novels – that power they can have to transport you to an entirely different world sometimes more than adult fantasy can do – I was intrigued by Caraval, the obvious comparisons to The Night Circus not withstanding – turns out it is blinking marvellous, entirely magical and a whole lot of yay.

If you like your YA Fantasy with a touch of addictive soul then Caraval is absolutely the book for you – the story is entirely compelling – and nothing in this novel is entirely what it appears to be.

I loved Scarlett as a character – of the two sisters she is the “sensible” one thrown into an entirely nonsensical and often dangerous world, where every corner you turn can be the difference between life and death. Real death? Who knows – like I say nothing is entirely as it appears to be.

Remember its just a game….

Stephanie Garber writes with abandon, her mutli-layered storytelling is beautifully done, with a real eye for genuine misdirection and characters that dig deep. Scarlett, her sister Tella, the enigmatic Julian, plus a whole host of others are all absolutely compelling, surprising and full of depth.  The setting is incredibly imaginative, the small details that bring this world to life are clever and beautifully placed, Caraval is a book you can completely lose yourself in for a few wonderful reading hours.

As the start of a trilogy (I want to say trilogy, I know there is more to come) it was pretty perfect. Having reached the end of the twisty saga I was desperate to read more. That, really, is the defining element when it comes to what I love and what I just like. Caraval I loved.

Highly Recommended.

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